Survey set to examine student experience

Brian Byrne

A university-wide student survey will be emailed to every student of University College Cork this February 21st. The aim of the survey is to gather students’ experience as a student at UCC. Students will have two weeks to complete the survey, the results of which will remain anonymous.

Con O’ Brien, Vice President for the Student Experience explained, “What I’m keen to convey to students is the importance of them filling out the student survey. It is an opportunity for students to have their say across important aspects of the student experience, such as teaching, learning, services, social life, and finances.”

The first university-wide student survey of UCC students took place in March 2009. Over 3000 students responded, with 94% indicating they were proud to be part of the college. Students also identified some areas which they felt needed to be improved upon, the results of which are currently being used to enhance the student experience at UCC.

2009′s survey sparked the redevelopment of the Mardyke, which includes a new Markdyke Pavillion and an extension to the gym complex. Work beings this month and is set for completion this year. The changes will coincide with the hundred year anniversary of the Mardyke area being used for sports and recreation by UCC.

Other initiatives brought about as a result of the survey include the continuation of the Peer Assisted Student Support Programme (PASS), which incorporates Niteline and the uLink Peer Support Programme, the launch of umail, the imminent roll-out of the new student portal and more on-campus events and activities for students.

Mr O’ Brien said, “The Students’ Union have been very supportive of having a student survey as it helps us understand the views of students; the things we’re doing well and the things we’re doing not so well, and how we can go about improving things.”

For the 2011 survey, undergraduate students, postgraduate taught and postgraduate research students will be surveyed separately. According to Mr. O’ Brien, it will take no longer than 15 minutes to complete.

As an incentive, all students who complete the survey will be entered into a draw to win such prizes as an Apple iPod, a Dell Netbook, a travel voucher to the value of €500 and one of three vouchers for the campus book shop worth €50 each.

The survey is co-sponsored by Con O’ Brien, Vice President for the Student Experience, Grace Neville, Vice President for Teaching and Learning, and the Students’ Union.

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